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Brendon Watkins

Brendon joined MinterEllison as a partner in 2000 after nine years as a partner at Dunhill Madden Butler. He has over 30 years experience advising clients on all aspects of insolvency (reconstructions, work-outs and formal appointments), securities enforcement, risk management, banking and finance litigation and general commercial disputes.

Brendon is one of only three lawyers in Australia to be recognised as a global expert in Insolvency and Restructuring in Expert Guides, 'Best of the Best' (2014 & 2016).

He is recognised as a leader in his field in independent publications such as the Legal Who's Who of Australia (nominated by peers in the profession), the AFR's Best Lawyers List for Australia (each edition from 2008 to 2017) (again, nominated by peers in the profession), recognised as a Tier 1 lawyer in the Australian's List of Best Lawyers for 2011 to 2016, Chambers (2008 to 2016 editions), the Asia Pacific Legal 500 Guide (2005 to 2016 editions), IFLR1000 Guide (2007 to 2017 editions), Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2010 to 2016) and Doyles Guide (2015 to 2017).

Insolvent collapse of Prime Trust

Acting on behalf of the Lendlease Group defending litigation arising out of the insolvent collapse of Prime Trust, defending a claim in excess of $60m.

Rabobank receivership of Littore Wine Group

Acting for the secured creditor (Rabobank) and receivers and managers (Ferrier Hodgson) seeking recovery of an exposure in excess of $120m, including litigation to pursue fraudulent dispositions of property.

Acted for Westpac in relation to collapse of BDO

Acted for Westpac in relation to the collapse of the accounting firm BDO in New South Wales and Victoria, including its subsequent merger with Grant Thornton.

ANZ exposure to Gunns Group

Acted for ANZ advising on its bilateral exposure to the Gunns group. Following the appointment of administrators, we acted for McGrath Nicol as receivers and managers of two related property trusts. The trusts leased land to the Gunns Group, which had been used for MIS purposes.

Environinvest MIS wind up

Acted for the secured creditor (CBA) and the receivers and managers (Korda Mentha) of the Environinvest Group, including as responsible entity for a number of managed investment schemes.